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GynoSandberg
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So what you're saying is he's a .260 career hitter.

He's a power hitter, they strike out a lot. 20+ HR in 5 straight seasons, and that's without playing everyday.

Highest slugging % of any active player in Fenway. Highest OPS of a RH hitter ever in Fenway.

Napoli is going to abuse the short dimensions down the lines in Fenway






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Soto re-signed for a year

Prayers sent.

My RW3R team is excited about this move. A guy with major pop and great patience who has a career of torching Fenway. Let's fricking go.



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Louie T
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+1

Napoli does a good job of spraying the ball to all fields when he makes contact. As long as he doesn't become too pull conscious with the monster, I think he'll do well.






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He is a career .260 and next year he will probably be down to .255, then .250.... Just like prior to this season he was a .264 hitter

Although like I said previously and then you mentioned again he has hit well in Fenway over his career






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but will he get as many good pitches to hit in boston as he as the last two years in tx?

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We are looking at a small sample size but the 4 season he managed 350 or more AB he hit .227, .320, .238, and .272.....
I don't see him ever coming close to .320 again and doubt in a full time roll he would be much better than .240 (although playing in Fenway may actually boost it as he has good numbers in Fenway)






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but will he get as many good pitches to hit in boston as he as the last two years in tx?

It's not as good as the Rangers lineup, but the Bos lineup won't be devoid of bats. People aren't going to pitch around Napoli.

Pedroia, Middlebrooks, Ortiz, Ellsbury, Ross, Naopoli, and likely 2 highly touted prospects in Lavarnway and Kalish at some point




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BigBoyTiger
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Napoli does a good job of spraying the ball to all fields when he makes contact


The "when he makes contact" clause of the sentence is key. He did not make a lot of contact last year and thus sucked. I think he had one of the highest strikeout rates in the AL last year.






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GynoSandberg
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He was at the top of K%, as was other power guys like Dunn, Granderson, Alvarez, Chris Davis, Trumbo, Jay Bruce, Hamilton.

He is also top 10 in BB%.










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tduecen
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Well they need to resign Ross or sign Swisher whichever





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GynoSandberg
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This is about how I feel about it.

per Fangraphs
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A second thing this does is install Mike Napoli at first base for a while. Napoli is said to be coming off a down season at the plate, but incidentally:

Mike Napoli, 2012: 114 wRC+
Adrian Gonzalez, 2012: 115 wRC+

Napoli’s 2012 was poor relative to his 2011, but Napoli’s 2011 was uncharacteristically amazing, and it’s that season that stands out as the anomaly. The strikeout rate didn’t make sense. Napoli’s going to walk, Napoli’s going to go deep, and Napoli’s going to whiff. As he has been, he will presumably continue to be.

Napoli, clearly, is a non-elite bat. He doesn’t make a positive contribution running the bases, and he’s not about to win a Gold Glove at first base. He’s made valuable by his power, and the best way to describe his contract with the Red Sox is “fair”. The Red Sox aren’t getting him at a bargain, and the Red Sox also aren’t getting Napoli as a potential albatross, which was never going to happen given the limited number of suitors. Three years and $39 million seems like the right price for a good hitter on the wrong side of 30. It was probably crucial for the Red Sox to get this done now so that they can turn their attention to other parts of the roster in need.

Something that’s been noted is that Napoli has hit the crap out of the ball in Fenway Park, to the tune of a 1.107 career OPS. That’s undeniably true, over a sample of 73 plate appearances. Over a sample of 70 plate appearances, Napoli has generated a .657 OPS in US Cellular. You can see where this is going. Napoli is by no means a bad fit for Fenway, but he isn’t an unusually good fit, and he’s coming from Texas, which is just as righty-friendly. As it happens, Napoli has seven career homers in Boston — one to left, two to left-center, one to center, two to right-center, and one to right. He’ll hit his home runs, and he’ll spread them around.






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Sox need to rebuild, but they refuse to do it the right way


When you have money, there are more ways than 1.






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WinnPtiger
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re: Boston Red Sox sign C/1B/DH Mike Napoli to three year deal


how much money is that per home run?





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Lester Earl
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They need a power hitter. He was the best catcher on the market. This was a more reasonable deal than what Russell Martin got.





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I like the signing for the Sox. Got exactly what was needed and didn't grossly overpay for him





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GynoSandberg
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He's going to mainly play 1B and will only catch periodically, it seems





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WinnPtiger
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re: Boston Red Sox sign C/1B/DH Mike Napoli to three year deal


Did the rangers even counter?





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TigerBait2008
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yes they did at 13 Mill per..





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LSUCreole
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They overpaid sure but this is no Crawford deal we're talking about


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papz
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The Rangers are mixed up with Greinke, Hamilton, Upton, and Shields right now... they weren't willing to make the 3 year investment at that rate.





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BigBoyTiger
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He was the best catcher on the market.


He's not really a catcher. In fact, he sucks as a catcher. He can't throw people out for shite.






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